Google announced it decreased total carbon emissions 9% to 1.5 million tons of CO2 in 2012 in its Green Blog this week. It emitted 30 metric tons of carbon per million dollars of revenue compared to 44 tons in 2011.
The search giant achieved the emissions reduction by investing in global renewable energy projects to power its operations, including US$12 million in a 94 megawatt solar project in South Africa and a US$200 million 161 megawatt wind farm project in Texas.
Jolanka Nickerman, Google’s program manager commented on the 9% emissions decrease on the Green Blog: “For the fourth year in a row, we’re emitting less carbon per million dollars of revenue. This means that our footprint is growing more slowly than our business because we’re able to get more done with each gram of carbon we emit.”
Google Clean Energy Investments Paying Off